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      TOKYO- Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday, 28 September. Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also proposed   and it will  see a total of 18 new medal events, nine each for men and women, contested by an extra 474 athletes at the Games. "This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all of which are popular both in Japan and internationally," Tokyo organisers said in a statement. "They will serve as a driving force to further promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal, and will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision."Under new rules, Olympic host cities can choose sports they want to get included at the Games, besides the existing 28 core sports.The final decision rests with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will vote on the 2020 recommendations next August.Bowling, squash and wushu had also been short-listed for inclusion in Tokyo but were left off the final recommended list, leaving their supporters totally disappointed.World Squash Federation President Narayana Ramachandran said that non-inclusion of squash in the 2020 Olympic programme had been a rude shock for the squash-lovers around the world. 

Five more sports recommended for Tokyo- 2020

martial art founded in Japan, first joined in 1964, when Tokyo last hosted the Summer Games,  has been included on every programme since 1972. Organisers recommended a total of eight medal events in karate, the most among the new recommended sports, with two in kata and six in kumite, evenly split along gender lines.Officials also proposed four events for skateboarding, two each for park and street, and suggested two medals each for shortboard surfing and climbing, combining the three main disciplines of bouldering, lead and speed."Tokyo 2020's announcement today is an extraordinary moment for our sport and for the global surfing community," International Surfing Association (ISA) President Fernando Aguerre said.

                               (Our Sports Correspondent)



step forward in the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, showing a new, fresh and very exciting approach to the Olympic Programme.”  the IOC said. Baseball and softball, united under the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), were widely expected to be on the list of recommended sports. Both were previously on the Olympic programme but were dropped after Asia last hosted the Summer Games, in Beijing in 2008."Tokyo 2020's decision to propose our sport is a 'home run' and giant leap forward for baseball and softball," said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari Karate has never been contested at the Olympics but was another strong favourite. Judo, another
As part of sweeping reforms initiated by IOC president Thomas Bach last year, future Olympic hosts are now being offered the chance to bring in sports that are trendy in those countries, partly to boost ratings as well as attracting greater sponsorship.Under the recommendations each sport would be contested by six teams, with half the contestants assured of getting medals.Organisers wanted sports that are already well established in Japan and popular with youth,so new venues would not need to be built and add to ballooning costs.2020 proposal on the additional sports events to be considered for the Olympic GamesTokyo  2020. This is another concrete